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Cruiser (continued from page 1) were on the scene of a motor vehicle crash on a hill on Lime Kiln Road when a fire truck, an ambulance and a cruiser all became stuck. He said it BRADFORD--If anyone ever which a food item is placed every was Sunday afternoon, hours after doubted that people working to- day leading up to Christmas for the the first snow hit the ground, gether have the power to make the food shelf), or the Mentoring "I couldn't even stand up," world better, the Giving Fair, held Project raffle, or smokeless stoves Blanchard said, adding he was upset Dec. 9 at the Bradford Congrega- for Africa, the re,make of the Oicl to learn the town's road agent was at tional Church, would thoroughly Church Theater in Bradford, and home and not out on the roads convince them it is very powerful, many others. treating them. "I had a car inthe ditch indeed. No one needed to leave empty- and a fire truck that couldn't move, The Giving Fair brought together handed. The Bradford Library had as well as an ambulance and a 23 area not-for-profit organizations mystery books, labeledby genre and cruiser .... I wasn't very happy." to inform, inspire, and raise funds, already wrapped. Don & Jenn gave Blanchard said the state road Local nonprofits serving the young, free coupons for music lessons, and crews were still out as well as theold, theneedy, the environment, there were handouts in abundance to municipal crews in Piermont and the arts, those inthe community, and digest at leisure. Woodsville and he wondered why those as far away as Kenya, Haiti, As the first event of its kind in Haverhill'screwswerenotout. Zimbabwe, and lndia were on hand. this area, participants had few Forthemostpart, theselectboard They promote a host of projects expectations. After the fair they remained silent duringBlanchard's from reading, community service, were unanimous in its appeal, its comments. Selectman Tom Friel, youth leadership, help for the value, and in the desire to make it an who lives onPage Road offofLime abused, local businesses, conserva- annual event. As one guest said, "It Kiln Road, acknowledged the slick tion, to exploration, and love of our shows all the good things that are conditions Sunday afternoon and area. December 13, 2017--JOURNAL OPINION--Page 7 going on right here in our commu- said the instrument panel on his Amid the hall filled to the brim nity and around the world. It makes Catherine Kidder (left) of Help Kids India and Susan Goodell (center) speak with Laura Wolfe Lornilzo pickup truck"lit up like a Christmas with talk, displays, and merchandise, me proud to know what we're doing (right} about their craft products, handmade by Indian women. tree" warning him ofhazardous road were children busy with their and what we can do to help." Act 46 conditions as he traveled past the Christmas giving, choosing which crash scene, of all the worthy causes they wanted SelectboardchairWayneFortier to support: the reverse Advent thanked Blanchard for his com- calendar (a pre-wrapped box in ments. "We'll look into it," Fortier said. In a brief interview after the meeting, Blanchard said there was no damage to any of the vehicles which left the scene after the road was treated by the road crew. "We spun the wheels [on the fire truck] until the automatic tire chains kicked in," Blanchard said. Email: eballam@/onews.com. ### Submitted by Catherine Kidder. Courtesy photos by Tom Kidder. (continued from page 1) students in their home schools with (continued from page D Education will issue its final into contractual agreements with Meeting on Dec. 5 without mem- statewideplan. Danville School and Caledonia bersoftheNewburySchoolBoard Under Act 46, the state cannot Central Supervisory Union "to present, a subcommittee was formed mandate any schools closures and it improve opportunities for [BMU to present "a vision" that merges cannot tell districts to alter their students] by increasing academic schools from throughout the Con- current educational structure. For andprogammatic offerings." necticut River Valley into a single example, regulators cannot instruct Knisely wiU prepare the plan this district. According to meeting Waits River Valley to discontinue month before presenting to the minutes, schools from Thetford, high school choice nor can they tell school board at their regularly including Thetford Academy, BMU, BMU to be something other than a scheduled meeting on Dec. 20. Waits River, Newbury and Bradford preK-12 district. Newbury, meanwhile, will hire are part of that vision. School district governance and education consultant Wayne Gersen Email: editor@/onews.com supervisory unions, however, are to frame its plan. subject to the law. 2019 is theAt a meeting on Dec. 7, NES earliest any alterations to school board members told Gersen that BINGO district governance could take they want Newbury be part of a BRADFORD--The Orange East Senior effecr. Around Vermont, several functioning supervisory union. AI- Center hosts Bingo games every Monday districts have already merged or thoughthey stopped short ofcalling at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and food consolidated, for a withdrawal from the Oxbow and beverages will be available for sale. Union District, they told Gersen to highlight the historic connections betweenNewbury andBMU, noting COMPUTER CLASS BRADFORD--Computer classes will of the state where it's infinitely that both school buildings are be held on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. complex." located in the same town. at the Orange East Senior Center. All skill As part of BMU's alternative Meanwhile, OxbowandBradford levels are welcome to attend. governance proposal, the district will make their own alternative will indicate a willingness to enter governance pitches to Holcombe. better access to general class- "There are some parts of the Cindy Perry of Raven's Wood Outdoor School for Renegades models state where it's infinitely simple," rooms, and possibly generate rev- a skunk pelt for Jim Heidenreich Knisley said. "There are some parts enue, she said. The proposed special education Sto r m budget shows a big increase for speech and language services. It also (continued from page 1) shows an accounting correction that adds nearly $147,000 next year. was a culvert will eventually be a $500,000 bridge. Arbour proposed several district "At 11 p.m. on July 1 we stood on the edge of it andthought this doesn't staffchanges: increasing the payroll look good," Rogers recalled. clerk to a full-time, year-round Chris Bump ofVTrans has been working with the town on the road position for payroll and human repairs as well as complying with federal and state funding requirements. resource assistance, perhaps adding Discussions continue about the long-term impacts of EPA truck traffic apart-time grant manager, combin- on road compression and tire rutting along routes to the Elizabeth Mine ing athletic director, manager and remediation site. facilities rental manager into one Rogers said that with federal money, towns must adhere to acertain full-time position, and increasing process, which if not followed, can result in a forfeiture of the funds. For the special education assistant/ example, property owners who abut the road rights-of-way must enter Medicaid lerk by one day a week to int agreements r the funding t be apprved" :' : fourdays. "Everything g0 to engineering in order to be able to withstand certain (conditions)/' Kbgers said. "The expectation is that we'll see The budget includes $20,000 next year to begin to replenish the capital reserve fund over several years. This would be in addition to the $30,000 that has historically been put into the fund each year. Since 2015-2016, the district has withdrawn about $203,000 out of that account, primarily for roof repairs, handicap accessibility con- struction. There is a balance ofjust under $80,000 in that account at this time. Board member Kathy Hooke later spoke of the link between annual decreases in debt service and the capital reserve fund. Repair costs are going up as the facilities age, she pointed out, and the debt savings should be applied to cover them. Salaries make up 49 percent of the entire budget, with benefits adding 20 percent, Arbour said. She added that these normally come closer to 80 or 85 percent, but that Rivendell contracts out a fair amount of services such as school psychology or occupational therapy. Head of Schools and Rivendell Academy Principal Keri Gelenian asked for a few additions which were not included: to add one day to the 7th/8th grade counselor's contract, increase language arts and social studies instructional materials, and buy furniture. Food service director Celise Johnson proposes to reactivate the greenhouse to grow vegetables for use in the lunch program. Recognizing the need to make some reductions, Arbour said this budget does not include the world language program and stretches out payments into the capital fund. She said the administration would also debate the winter program, field trips, and perhaps removing the fourth day for the middle level counselor. "We absolutely want good qual- ity programming," Arbour said, recognizing the need to control expenses. She left with the goal of bringing choices back to the board that could cut the increase to 2.5 or 3.5 percent. The board will address these at a special budget meeting on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the district office. The board did not set the dates for public hearings in January. Email: crichardson@jonews.com. more of these events, where significant rain causes significant damages." Repairs must be engineered to that new standard, with larger culverts and other considerations. "That's why the Route 132 work is taking so long because it's being engineered to handle worse events," Rogers explained. For example, 3.5- foot culverts are now being replaced with 8-foot ones. Building with an expectation of future cataclysms comes with a price tag. Rogers said that Thetford has had to take out two lines of credit to cope with repairs. 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